Reviewers Spotlight - January 5th @ 8pm: Research and Selective Sensualist!

Jul!a Jul!a
Hey everybody, and welcome to our eleventh Reviewers Spotlight featuring Research and Selective Sensualist!!!

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Research has been with us since September of 2010, and has stood out as a reliable reviewer with awesome backgrounds in his video reviews. He doesn't put out lots of reviews, but the reviews he does have out are thoroughly ... researched.

"How I found Eden – During my college days I worked at a brick and mortar Adult store in San Jose. It was nothing special, just a small little shop run by a Vietnamese couple on the edge of town. It was an exceedingly boring job punctuated by moments of madness that left me wondering just what the heck I was doing here anyway. While the work was typical retail work, it gave me the opportunity to learn a great deal about the products I sold. Eventually the store and I parted ways but not before I filled my head with a tremendous amount of Adult industry product knowledge. I finished school, got a real job, and minded my own business until one day when poking around online I saw an advertisement for a store I hadn’t heard of before. Naturally I investigated and found Eden. After a cursory glance I nearly left before I spotted the reviews section. Online product reviews are a major part of my current job so I took a look and was amazed. Here was an entire system of reviews, by and for the community, open to all. I knew right away that I had found a place for my knowledge, and that I must be part of this. It wasn’t till later that I even found out about the free toy system.

My hardest review – This may be cliché by now but my hardest review was my first one. I’ve always lived by the idea of “Be the labor great or small, do it well or not at all.” This is great quality control but it makes it very difficult for me to try new things because unless I know that it is the very best possible thing I can produce, I will not post it. I wrote and discarded several reviews before I decided one met my personal standards and it did pretty well all things considered. I wish I could say it became easier after that but as I’ve spent time here reading reviews and posting on the forums and speaking to you individually I’ve developed a tremendous respect for the people who participate in this community and I feel I owe it to both myself and all of you to do my very best. It’s more important to me now than ever to write good and useful reviews.

The video review program – Imagine my surprise when I came to Eden, signed up as a reviewer, and found out there was a video review program after spending years in the video production industry. I couldn’t believe it, here I could suddenly combine two of my favorite things: Adult toys and making videos. I had written several reviews by this point so I went back and began adding videos to existing reviews to get the hang of it. After that, I began writing reviews just so I could make a new video for them and eventually ended up in Carrie Ann’s special Video Review Program. I love it, video production is my thing and I would love to help any of you with your video troubles."


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Selective Sensualist is a name you should recognize from our Eden Gives Back program. She's participated in both of the holiday projects we've done, adopting a family each Christmas we've had the program in place so far. She's more active in the forums than she is in the review program, but she's still touched the lives of everybody she's interacted with.

"The best advice another reviewer ever gave me:

It’s impossible to determine which advice was the best out of everything I’ve learned from other reviewers. I have been a thorn in many reviewers’ sides as I pumped them for advice in choosing my next toy amongst a plethora of enticing possibilities. My persistence in asking questions and obsession with reading hundreds of reviews before I became a reviewer myself netted me a treasure trove of knowledge about toys — knowledge I could have never amassed without the tireless patience of many, many reviewers!

My most challenging review I've written and why:

The most challenging review I’ve written so far was my review on the FunFactory Cobra Libre. There were two reasons why this was such a difficult review for me. First, my husband eventually came to hate this toy since he could never climax with it, but I was personally very impressed with it. Second, I lacked the male equipment required to test the product in the manner in which it was designed to perform (though my husband did have a brilliant idea that enabled me to test it).

What got me to stay:

Imagine your vision slowly adjusting from the glare of the outside light to reveal a room full of people after wandering into a room you’d assumed was empty! That’s how I felt when I discovered the forum and realized that there was actually a community of people here. I had been so single-mindedly focused on toys that I didn’t realize there was a group of people here observing as I stumbled my way around the site. It may have been the toys that lured me here, but it was the community of friends who got me to stay.

Advice for people just starting out:

I haven’t forgotten the excitement of being new to the adult toy scene, nor have I forgotten how much I appreciated the shared knowledge from those who have been on the scene long enough to become fabled fixtures!

My advice to those who are just starting out is to first read as many reviews as possible on the products that interest you and to always feel free to ask the reviewers questions. You can glean a wealth of information this way. Use this information to help you become a smarter and more informed customer who is increasingly capable of choosing toys with design characteristics that are effective for you. Ask yourself what it is about each toy that you find pleasurable that makes it effective for you. Ask yourself what it is about each toy that you do not enjoy that makes it ineffective for you. There is a natural variation in anatomical structure and physiology, so pay even closer attention to what makes your body unique in responding to pleasure. Narrowing down this type of information will not only be useful to you as a customer in enhancing your own personal pleasure, but it will be also be useful to you as a new reviewer. Don’t forget that your ultimate goal as a reviewer is to help other people to also become smarter and more informed customers. Your reader’s goal is the exact same goal as yours: to find a toy that works for him or her. Never be afraid to share what your opinions and experiences are, but try to elaborate on WHY you have that opinion and what factors impacted your personal experience so that the reader can relate your experience to their own personal experiences.

Most of all, my advice to you is to relax and just soak in the wonder of experiencing new things—and to hold on to that enthusiasm and allow it to grow like wildfire to help motivate others to increase the pleasure in their lives, too!"



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Please join me in welcoming research and Selective Sensualist to the Spotlight, and make sure that you're here on Thursday, January 5th at 8pm EST to ask them both some questions, give them some lovin', and maybe even learn something for yourself while you're at it!
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Kindred Kindred
Awesome! I will do my best to be here.
12/30/2011
El-Jaro El-Jaro
Congrats!

Research's review of the Colt shower shot sold me on it! Seriously, I'm a big fan of his video reviews.

SS has really come into their own with reviews too!
12/30/2011
Beck Beck
Congrats to you both.
12/30/2011
Buttercup Green Buttercup Green
Congrats to the both of you! Both of you are awesome.
12/30/2011
Selective Sensualist Selective Sensualist
It's an honor to be chosen for the spotlight, given how many wonderful contributors there are here. I told Sam I doubted an interview with me would be very interesting, so it's a very good thing I'm sharing the spotlight with Research so that next Thursday actually WILL be interesting! I'm hoping that one day I'll muster the gumption to try video reviews myself, so I know I can certainly learn many things from him. I love his video reviews--the beginning of his video on the Tantus Cowboy was epic and had me laughing!
12/30/2011
Antipova Antipova
This is going to be such a great discussion---SS and Research are among the best we've got for answering and asking interesting questions.
12/30/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
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Originally posted by Selective Sensualist
It's an honor to be chosen for the spotlight, given how many wonderful contributors there are here. I told Sam I doubted an interview with me would be very interesting, so it's a very good thing I'm sharing the spotlight with Research so ... More
I'm sure you're both going to be fantastic interviewees!
12/30/2011
Cherry21 Cherry21
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Originally posted by Jul!a
Hey everybody, and welcome to our eleventh Reviewers Spotlight featuring Research and Selective Sensualist!!!

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Research has been with us since September of 2010, and has stood out as a reliable reviewer with awesome backgrounds in ... More
congratulations all!
12/30/2011
Research Research
Hey wow, this is great. I'm glad I got a big shot like SS to be interviewed with, she must be one of the most active people on the forums. She'll be able to keep a good dialogue going so I think this will be a good Spotlight. Looking forward to it!
12/30/2011
winterseve winterseve
Congrats to you both! Great job!
12/31/2011
Love Perpetua Love Perpetua
Congrats Research and Selective Sensualist!! Looking forward to the interview.
01/01/2012
anonimuz anonimuz
01/03/2012
Jul!a Jul!a
I can't wait to quiz you both tonight!!
01/05/2012
Research Research
Haha, should be good!
01/05/2012
Airen Wolf Airen Wolf
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Originally posted by Selective Sensualist
It's an honor to be chosen for the spotlight, given how many wonderful contributors there are here. I told Sam I doubted an interview with me would be very interesting, so it's a very good thing I'm sharing the spotlight with Research so ... More
Bull feathers! You are plenty interesting.... I am going to love this spotlight!
01/05/2012
Jul!a Jul!a
Everybody almost ready?
01/05/2012
Research Research
Good to go.
01/05/2012
Selective Sensualist Selective Sensualist
Aargh! I'm a minute late! But I'm here. How is everyone?
01/05/2012
Selective Sensualist Selective Sensualist
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Originally posted by Airen Wolf
Bull feathers! You are plenty interesting.... I am going to love this spotlight!
Aw, thank you! You are so sweet. (I love the expression "bull feathers"--I haven't heard that one in a while. )
01/05/2012
Jul!a Jul!a
Hello everybody! I'm doing double duty right now at the Community Planning Meeting, so if I'm slow responding, I apologize.

How's everybody doing tonight?
01/05/2012
Selective Sensualist Selective Sensualist
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Originally posted by Jul!a
Hello everybody! I'm doing double duty right now at the Community Planning Meeting, so if I'm slow responding, I apologize.

How's everybody doing tonight?
Ooh, look at you--Mrs. Multi-Tasker! I'm impressed.

And I'm doing just great; thanks for asking! And how are you?
01/05/2012
Antipova Antipova
Hi Research and SS!
01/05/2012
Research Research
Doing well, sitting outside in sunny southern California watching the sun go down over the mountains. Dang pretty out today.
01/05/2012
Jul!a Jul!a
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Originally posted by Selective Sensualist
Ooh, look at you--Mrs. Multi-Tasker! I'm impressed.

And I'm doing just great; thanks for asking! And how are you?
Lol, I'm not too bad. That meeting was definitely something though, I highly recommend reading through it if you get a chance. But I don't want to keep anybody from asking you guys questions, so I'll pipe down about that.
01/05/2012
Kindred Kindred
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Originally posted by Research
Doing well, sitting outside in sunny southern California watching the sun go down over the mountains. Dang pretty out today.
That sounds absolutely wonderful.
01/05/2012
Selective Sensualist Selective Sensualist
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Originally posted by Antipova
Hi Research and SS!
Hey there, Antipova! And hiya, Research!
01/05/2012
Antipova Antipova
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Originally posted by Research
Doing well, sitting outside in sunny southern California watching the sun go down over the mountains. Dang pretty out today.
Dang railroads getting time zones all set up. It would have been a neat world to live in, back when it was noon, no matter where you were, when your shadow was the tiniest.

(What I'm saying is, enjoy the sunset! Today's was a nice one, even though it was a long time ago!)
01/05/2012
Starkiller87 Starkiller87
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Originally posted by Research
Doing well, sitting outside in sunny southern California watching the sun go down over the mountains. Dang pretty out today.
Looks out my window, oh those mountains! It is quite pretty today actually.
01/05/2012
Selective Sensualist Selective Sensualist
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Originally posted by Jul!a
Lol, I'm not too bad. That meeting was definitely something though, I highly recommend reading through it if you get a chance. But I don't want to keep anybody from asking you guys questions, so I'll pipe down about that.
Ha--I just sneaked over and took a look at the last page of the meeting's discussion. I'll definitely have to go back and read it--if only for the discussion on wine (of which I am definitely not an expert, but I am still interested).
01/05/2012
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